Cab Franc Challenge 2018 offers wider exposure for the varietal

Cab Franc Challenge 2018 offers wider exposure for the varietal
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CAB FRANC CHALLENGE 2018 EXPANDS EXPOSURE: The closing date for the third Cabernet Franc Challenge is coming up on 2 March with a broader base of categories offering producers the chance to get more exposure and expert feedback from the judging panel.

Over and above the Cabernet Franc Top 6 Challenge aimed at 100% Cab Francs, the Vintage category is also drawing interest.  A new category is the Cab Franc Blends where the only criteria is the blend must be Cabernet Franc  led.  This looks set to be a very interesting tasting according to organiser Celia Gilloway.

Cape Wine Master and Judging Panel Convenor Christine Rudman will be joined by Wine Journalist and regular taster Samarie Smith, Cab Franc specialist and CWA lecturer Lizette Tolken,  highly respected Sommelier Tinashe Nyamudoka and captain of the 2017 SASA team Anita Streicher-Nel.

The judging takes place on Tuesday 20 March at Avontuur Estate, using the OIV 100-point system in order to fine-tune the nuances and differences in the wines.  The results will be audited by Moore Stevens.  The winners will be announced on 18 April.

Ms Rudman will also be presenting the three tutored tasting sessions of the Top 6 wines at the Cab Franc Carnival which takes place at Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West on Saturday, 19 May from 11h00-16h00.  Her comments post-judging will be interesting to hear!

To find out more and get hold of an entry form, contact Challenge Coordinator Celia Gilloway  at  or  +27.827821977.

Caption: Last year’s winners showed off their medals with pride and this year’s Challenge will be no exception.

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